Our Approach

A strong working foundation with a therapist is essential for growth and healing. We create a space where you will feel comfortable and allow yourself to be vulnerable to explore emotions.

Our Approach

A strong working foundation with a therapist is essential for growth and healing. We create a space where you will feel comfortable and allow yourself to be vulnerable to explore emotions.

Our Approach

A strong working foundation with a therapist is essential for growth and healing. We create a space where you will feel comfortable and allow yourself to be vulnerable to explore emotions.

Counseling ABQ

Our Approach

Therapists generally draw on one or more theories of psychotherapy.  Our approach is to work with the individual on what matters most to them while looking at functioning as a whole. As we work toward an individual’s primary goal, symptoms and concerns are treated as obstacles toward obtaining what is truly important toward wellness.  

We have a basic assumption at Counseling ABQ that people already possess the qualities necessary to flourish.  

To quote Carl Rogers, who founded Client-Centered Therapy:

People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right-hand corner.’ I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.

These words from Carl Rogers convey the importance of allowing the client to make their own discoveries rather than the therapist providing a lot of direction. With this approach, the client usually does most of the talking. The therapist’s role is to guide clients in an accepting way, helping them to see and find the beauty within themselves they already have.

FAQ

Common Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Approach to Counseling

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy that focuses on what is happening with you in the “here and now” rather than focusing on the past. Issues from the past will and, therefore, should be talked about; they are not the primary focus of this type of therapy. Our counselors will help you work on thinking patterns (cognitions) and the behaviors causing you difficulty.

We will help you develop a more constructive way of thinking and a more positive outlook.

Mindfulness simply means becoming aware of the present moment. This includes your thoughts, sensations, bodily states, consciousness, and the environment. This is important because if you don’t know you’re stressed, irritated, or lethargic, unchecked, these feelings and sensations can quickly turn into uncontrolled anger or depression.

The other part of mindfulness is to observe and accept things without judgment. Often, we make things worse by judging our thoughts and feelings. We tell ourselves, “I shouldn’t be feeling this way. I can’t believe I just thought that! I’m really fortunate; why am I so discontent?” These thoughts actually make us feel worse and do not lead to change and healing.